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Published September 21st 2011
Located right next to the entrance to Century City in Glen Waverley, Star East is perhaps somewhat underrated among restaurants. Their menu offers a wide variety ranging from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, as well as Western dishes.
Black pepper Chicken Hokkien noodles, one of my favourite dishes
In terms of the quality and flavour, I consider Star East's food to be quite good. The dishes are well presented, the food itself looks appealing, and most importantly it tastes good with plenty of flavour. Their Asian dishes also contain good Asian ingredients such as Wood Ear mushrooms.
They also have plenty of desserts including lots of traditional Asian desserts and drinks. I highly recommend their mousse it is delicious and better than most places I've had.
Vegetarians will love this place because not only do they offer many vegetarian dishes, some of which include tofu, but you can also ask for any dish without meat.
Furthermore, it is also great for people with allergies and intolerances because there are so many choices and likewise you can ask them to remove anything you may be allergic to. They also have plenty of rice and rice noodle dishes which are gluten free.
Congee with fried bread. A kind of rice porridge, good if you are after something light
Service A year or two ago Star East lacked in terms of service. However, since then, there has been a major improvement, with new staff that are kind, well mannered and patient. There hasn't been any time where I had to wait to be seated and the food ordered comes out pretty quickly.
Price If you are trying to save, then this place is definitely a good choice, perhaps the cheapest restaurant in the area. Although there are pricier dishes, most of them range between $10 to $14 and you get plenty for what you pay for. It is good value for money. They also have daily specials which are cheaper than you would normally pay for. On Tuesdays you can get an eye fillet steak for just $16.
Tofu, Mushrooms and Veggies with crispy rice noodles. Great choice for vegetarians.